Scientific name: Vaccinium vitis-idaea subsp. minor
Inuktitut name: Kimminait
Lingonberry, low bush cranberry, or Vaccinium vitis-idaea is a short evergreen shrub in the heath family that bears edible fruit, native to boreal forest and Arctic tundra throughout the Northern Hemisphere from Eurasia to North America.
The berries are tastier once they have gone through the first frost. The berries stay on
the plant even in winter, and can still be eaten in the spring.
In the past, the Inupiaq people would collect the berries in great quantities. They
would be eaten mixed with meat, fats, fish eggs, fish, or blubber. Cranberry juice is
good for kidney problems, and you can make a tea from the leaves that is good for a
Traditionally, the Inupiaq used to keep the berries over winter by storing them in
long, shallow birchbark baskets with tight lids in an underground pit or in a tree.
Scientific Name: Viburnum edule
Cranberry, low bush or lingenberry, raw (Alaska Native) per 100 grams
The good: This food is a very good source of Vitamin C.
Vitamin A 90.0 IU
Vitamin C 21.0mg